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2020 Presidential election  3.  As an incumbent unbounded by norms, President Trump has a huge advantage. Preventing a Disrupted Presidential Election and Transition, a report by the Transition Integrity Project © 2020
Beliefs The greatest public calamities do not stem from any one belief system, but from fervent belief itself. The Iraq war remains a haunting case in point but the crash of 2008 also fits the pattern. Janan Ganesh, Financial Times, August 14, 2020 © 2020
Change The non-doing of stupid things is as precious as any crusade for positive change. Janan Ganesh, Financial Times, August 14, 2020 © 2020
Citizenship Even though citizenship is commonly misunderstood as a categorical and binary concept (one either is or is not a citizen), in reality, one experiences citizenship as a gradient or slope. Thus, depending on context, one might be said to have more or less of it. Elizabeth F. Cohen and Cyril Ghosh, Citizenship  © 2020
Cocks of the walk say Nobody will ever work as hard as I work. Michael Jordan, in the miniseries, The Last Dance, about his years with the Chicago Bulls © 2020
Cocks of the walk say Ultimately I'm always right. Donald Trump © 2020
COVID-19 coronavirus I wanted to always play it down. I still like playing it down, because I don't want to create a panic. Donald Trum, quoted in Bob Woodward's book, Rage, explaining why he lies to the American public about its ease of transmission and deadliness, which he's known about and understood since January , 2020 © 2020
COVID-19 coronavirus It looks like the virus is not as deadly as the mainstream media first made it out to be. Tweet authored by Herman Cain, published on his Twitter account by The Cain Gang, "his team and family," on August 30, 2020, a month after he died following a Trump rally he attended in Tulsa in June without wearing a mask © 2020
Democracy in the contrast between the two aforementioed models of representation: delegate-style representation and trustee represenation. … In delegate-style representation, individuals are regarded as the best stewards of their interests and elected officials fulfill their responsibilities when they translate constituent interests and demands, as directly as possible, into law and policy … the trustee model does not require treating political rights as being first and fore- most the rights of discrete individuals pursuing individual self-interests. In trusteeship, repre- sentatives are responsible for understanding and pursuing the good of their constituents. While delegate representatives might see this through the lens of individual constituents, many believe that trusteeship can more easily take a longer and broader view … Elizabeth F. Cohen and Cyril Ghosh, Citizenship © 2020
Democracy In the end,  the public's exasperation with democracy is an implied self-criticism. Janan Ganesh, Financial Times, September 9, 2020 © 2020
Democrats The Democrats came to think of themselves not as the voice of working class people at all but as a sort of coming together of the learned and the virtuous. Thomas Frank, The People, No © 2020
Food Those confronting potentially life-threatening levels of so-called food insecurity in the developing world are expected to nearly double this year to 265 million, according to the United Nations World Food Program. New York Times, September 13, 2020 © 2020
Global warming “The central message of this report is that US financial regulators must recongize that climate change poses serious emerging risks to the US financial system, and they should move urgently and decisively to measure, understand, and address these risks,” the committee said. Financial Times, September 9, 2020, summarizing a report published by the Commodities Futures Trading Commission, a Wall Street regulator that oversees futures and swaps markets © 2020
Higher education What happens when you cross a mafioso with a University of Chicago professor? You get an offer you can't understand. old joke © 2020
Kwiplers say Calculate the minimum wage as follows: MW = CMHI / CMHS × WPY × HPW where: MW = Minimum Wage CMHI = Current Median Household Income, e.g., $65,000 CMHS = Current Median Household Size, e.g., 2.1 people WPY = Workdays Per Year, e.g., 240 HPW = Hours Per Workday, e.g., 8 [MW would be $16.12 using data above] © 2019
Kwiplers say Count votes in Congress by: 1. Calculating a Member's Proportional Vote (MPV) for each member, as follows: MPV = SPNP / NLRS where: SPNP = State's Percentage of the National Population NLRS = Number of Legislators Representing the State (in that legislature) 2. Totaling “yes” MPVs and “no” MPVs 3. Passing if total MPV is more than 50 OTHERWISE Abolish the Senate © 2019
Law So that, however it may be mistaken,  the end of law is not to abolish or restrain, but to preserve and enlarge freedom: for in all the states of created beings capable of laws, where there is no law, there is no freedom: for liberty is, to be free from restraint and violence from others; which cannot be, where there is no law John Locke, Second Treatise on Civil Government © 2016
Lies It's now clear that just because Trump is lying to us, that doesn't mean he's lying to himself. Michelle Goldberg, New York Times, September 13, 2020, on tapes revealing that Trump knew COVID-19 was "deadly stuff" in January, 2020, but continued telling Americans it wasn't © 2020
The military Trump: Americans Who Died in War Are ‘Losers’ and ‘Suckers’ The president has repeatedly disparaged the intelligence of service members, and asked that wounded veterans be kept out of military parades, multiple sources tell The Atlantic. headline, article by Jeffrey Goldberg in The Atlantic, September 3, 2020 © 2020
Post-2018 Senate shituation 15 states (Alaska, Arkansas, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Utah, Wyoming) 2018 population: 40,056,961 Senators: 30 Republicans 1 Senator per 1,335,232 people 1 state (California) 2018 population: 39,776,830 Senators: 2 Democrats 1 Senator per 19,888,415 people 19,888,415 / 1,335,232 = 16, therefore: average 15er's vote is worth 16 times a Californian's, a Californian's vote is worth 6% of an average 15er's 1 state (Wyoming) 2018 population = 573,720, therefore: 1 Senator per 286,860 Wyomians, a Wyomian's vote is worth 69 times a Californian's, a Californian's vote is worth 1.4% of a Wyomian's © 2016
Rights Gatekeeper rights are those rights that determine access to other rights, making some rights (for example, social welfare rights) contingent on possession of the gatekeeper right (legal nationality). Elizabeth F. Cohen and Cyril Ghosh, Citizenship  © 2020
Selfie Ask yourself: Do I lok like a radical socialist with a soft spot for rioters? Really? Joe Biden © 2020
Selfie Jeff Sessions wouldn't have gotten to the Senate had I not overseen his race in 1968. Now I look back at that and say, “What kind of goddamn penance  do I have to pay for that?” John Weaver, long-time political consultant and co-founder of the Lincoln Project, a group of never Tumpers © 2020
Snapshot What leaps out about Biden's people is their competence. Neither he nor his team need training wheels. Joe Biden portrayed by John Podesta, former Clinton and Obama official © 2020
Social media Social media isn't a tool that's just waiting to be used. It has its own goals and it has its own means of pursuing them by using your psychology against you. Tristan Harris, formerly a design ethicist at Google specializing in the ethics of human persusion © 2020
Terrorism Two-thirds of its [America's] terrorist incidents last year were carried out by homegrown extremists from the far-right. That rose to 90 per cent in the first five months of this year. Edward Luce, Financial Times, September 10, 2020 © 2020
Truth Early in this [Trump] administration, it was reasonable to say that plausibility was the new truth: The mere existence of a believable opposing claim was sufficient to rebut a balanced assessment of the totality of evidence. But when skepticism is a whole system of thought, assertion is the new truth. A claim no longer needs to be believable. It simply needs to be made. Greg Weiner, New York Times, September 13, 2020 © 2020